Little Saint Mary’s Church, Cambridge

CD Recordings

In 2014 the LSM choirs recorded His Sweet Art, an anthology of choral settings of the Metaphysical Poets and their contemporaries, including two texts by Richard Crashaw (Fellow of Peterhouse and Curate of LSM 1638-1643) commissioned for LSM from contemporary composers Philip Moore and Alec Roth and here recorded for the first time:

  • Listen, sweet Dove (George Herbert / Grayston Ives)
  • Let hearts and lips (Richard Crashaw / Philip Moore) — LSM commission listen
  • Litany to the Holy Spirit (Robert Herrick / Peter Hurford)
  • Never weather-beaten sail (Thomas Campion / Charles Wood)
  • View me, Lord (Thomas Campion / Richard Lloyd)
  • The Call (George Herbert / Sir William Henry Harris)
  • O hear us, Lord (John Donne / Anthony Piccolo)
  • Song of the Shepherds (Richard Crashaw / Alec Roth) — LSM commission
  • O that I once past changing were (George Herbert / Lennox Berkeley)
  • The God of love (George Herbert / George Thalben-Ball, arr. Andrew Sievewright)
  • Never weather-beaten sail (Thomas Campion's original setting with lute)
  • Teach me, my God and King (George Herbert / Orlando Gibbons)
  • View me, Lord (Campion's original setting)
  • Drop, drop, slow tears (Phineas Fletcher / Orlando Gibbons)
  • Five Mystical Songs (George Herbert / Ralph Vaughan Williams)
  • A grateful heart (George Herbert / Mary Plumstead)
  • How shall I sing that Majesty? — tune Coe Fen, inspired by a location in our parish
    (John Mason / Kenneth Naylor)

Marcus Tomalin lute, Nicholas Morris baritone, Sarah MacDonald organ
with the Choir of Little St Mary's directed by Simon Jackson.

£10 from selected retailers or at the church,  £12 by post in the UK

£16 overseas post

This is the first solo recording of our 2007 organ, played by Cambridge-based international recitalist Anne Page and dedicated to the memory of organ builder Kenneth Tickell who sadly died in 2014. The CD takes its title Ave Maris Stella from the plainsong hymn which forms the basis of two of the works included, an established classic by the 20th-century Franco-Flemish master Flor Peeters and a new piece by former LSM organist Ian de Massini here recorded for the first time. Available from selected retailers or direct from LSM at £10 – please add £2 (UK) or £6 (overseas) per disc for post and packing if ordering by post or email.

  • Magnificat quinti toni (Heinrich Scheidemann)
  • Prelude in G BWV 568 (J.S. Bach)
  • "Gigue" Fugue in G BWV 577 (J.S. Bach)
  • Chorale Fantasia Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hält BWV 1128 (J.S. Bach)
  • Allegro, chorale and fugue in D minor/major (Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
  • English Organ Mass Op. 6 (David Aprahamian Liddle)
  • Salve Regina (John Bull)
  • Ave Maris Stella (Ian de Massini)
  • Toccata, fugue et hymne sur Ave Maris Stella (Flor Peeters)
  • Magnificat primi toni (Dieterich Buxtehude)

In 2009 the LSM choirs made the first ever complete recording of a major cantata for Passiontide by the English composer Sir Arthur Somervell (1863-1937). The Passion of Christ was composed in 1914 and belongs to the same tradition as Stainer's Crucifixion and Maunder's Olivet to Calvary. The passion narrative unfolds mainly in recitative drawn from the Gospel texts, while solo arias and "choral meditations" reflect on the action. This is also the first recording to feature the new Tickell organ installed in Little St Mary's in 2007.

Mary Ward soprano, Ann Gustard contralto, Robert DeWolf tenor, Alan Loader bass, Joseph Fort organ, with the Choir of Little St Mary's directed by Christian Rutherford

£6 at church, £8 by post in the UK

£12 overseas post

A CD of music played on the former Bishop organ was recorded in 2002 by Alan Loader to celebrate the church's 650th anniversary. The CD includes pieces by J.S. Bach, Mendelssohn and Vaughan Williams as well as a specially commissioned piece by Jonathan Rutherford, Salve Regina, from which the CD takes its title.

£5 at church, £7 by post in the UK

£11 overseas post

If you are ordering multiple CDs, please contact us by email or telephone Elaine on +44 (0) 1223 366202 so that we can invoice you for the correct postage and packing. All these CDs can be also purchased from the church (for cash, card or cheque payable to "St Mary the Less PCC") after the Sunday 10:30am High Mass or any other choral service — please speak to any member of the choir.